Woodenshoe Trailhead to Dark Canyon Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Woodenshoe Canyon, Dark Canyon’s longest tributary, stretches more than 15 miles from its headwaters draw high on South Elk Ridge to its mouth deep in the wild middle reaches of Dark Canyon. Throughout much of its length, Woodenshoe Canyon averages 1,200 feet in depth, carving a spectacular gorge through the thickest exposures of Cedar Mesa Sandstone on the Colorado Plateau.
Woodenshoe begins as a shallow draw mantled in forests of pine and fir and groves of aspen. In its middle reaches, the canyon floor is broad and the wash is fringed by a ribbon of riparian growth. The deepest part of the canyon, in its lower reaches, is a limestoneembraced inner gorge—a dry narrow hallway that stretches to the pinyon- and juniper-clad benches at the canyon’s mouth."